Major exercise tests Lebanon’s response to chemical attack


Lebanon’s military and security forces, medical and relief workers took part in a major exercise to test the country’s ability to respond to a chemical, biological or radiological attack.

The simulated exercise, described as the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever to take place in the country, was staged in the southern Lebanese town of Kfarfalous, and involved 932 members from the army and other security services, hospitals, civil defense, ambulance, fire, relief agencies and NGOs.

“With the beginning of the Syrian crisis and the rumors of the use of chemical weapons, the Lebanese Ministry of Health in 2012-2013 began intensive training for hospitals on ways to deal with possible chemical injuries,” said Lebanese Health Minister Jamil Jabak.

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Source: Arab News